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  1. Gunney

    Gunney New Member

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    hi folks, have a 2014 ragtop with 11k on it. Original tires.
    Looking at various threads on tires, in particular the Michelin SS,they are a summer tire. Now as a retired old fart I drive easy mostly, and like to get on it from time to time. Now living in Massachusetts (please don’t hold that against me !) hot weather is NOT the norm. Spring and Fall are chilly but great days to drive the car.
    Sooooo, I’m thinking these Bridgestone’s might be the best choice?
    All weather, good in cool weather and easy driving. What do you think
     
  2. MFE

    MFE Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Potenza is an entire line of about 10 different tire models, very different from end to end. So...WHICH Potenza model?
     
  3. Gunney

    Gunney New Member

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    RE980AS. Tire Rack sells them for 2014 Shelby GT500
     
  4. svtfocus2cobra

    svtfocus2cobra Opprimere, Velocitas, Violentia Operandi Established Member

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    I had Potenza RE11s on my GT500 w/325s in the rear. At first during warm up they could be pretty hard and slick but once warm they were pretty sticky. Im also in a crappy and wet climate most of the time. Dont know about the other tires within the line but I liked the RE11s.
     
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    All I know is my Gen Coupe came with Potenza RE92As and they were dogshit. Have firehawk indy500's and they are much better, cheaper, a tenth of the nvh as the OEM rubber.

    My advice is to go on the various tire online sources and start looking at whats in your price range and what you want out of it, then see what people say about a specific brand/tire.
     
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    Brutal Metal Well-Known Member Established Member

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    ^ I also have the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500's Great tire!
     
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    offroadkarter Professional S***poster Established Member

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    Consider the Michelin Pilot AS3 if you want a competent all season, a friend of mine has these tires on his m5 and is very happy with them.
     
  8. Gunney

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    Thanks , I think the Michelin AS3’s would be a good choice, only $100 more then the Bridgestones.
     
  9. BLOWN9646

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    The Conti extreme contact sports are great tires as well
     
  10. AustinJ427

    AustinJ427 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Indy 500s are a surprisingly good tire.

    They handle the cold just fine.

    Another decent all season is the BFG G-force comp 2 a/s.
     
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    1996slowbra Active Member Established Member

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    Really happy to hear that, Im getting new Rims/Tires for my Fiesta and the Indy 500's are whats in the cart right now. More affordable than the Potenza RE-71R's too.
     
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    svtfocus2cobra Opprimere, Velocitas, Violentia Operandi Established Member

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    That reminds me that my Fiesta ST has Brodgestone Potenzas as well but Im not sure on the model.
     
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    1996slowbra Active Member Established Member

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    Stockers are Potenza RE 050A's. I am still running them. Im going down to 16's to get a little more sidewall so it doesn't feel like im going to crack a rim every time I hit a pothole.
     
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    svtfocus2cobra Opprimere, Velocitas, Violentia Operandi Established Member

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    Okay, I bought used so I didnt know if the dealer put new tires on and they were different than stock or whatnot. Definitely know the feeling you are talking about too. The bumps and potholes can be brutal!
     
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    1996slowbra Active Member Established Member

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    I hit one last weekend that I was SURE had cracked a rim, but they were still in one piece. Either way I have curbed the stock rims to shit so im swapping to a smaller size. Have heard 16's are the best compromise between performance and comfort, as an added bonus tires on 16's are cheaper as well. 16's with a 42mm offset and 205/45's are stock height and sit flush

    I have the full Cobb stage 3 kit on mine as well so I am hoping a bit stickier tire and a little more sidewall will translate to a bit more hook up in first and second gear.
     
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    AustinJ427 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    I haven't driven on the RE050 in a while, but I don't think the 500s is going to be as sticky..

    The 500s are cool because they have surprisingly decent grip in the cold, and never really seem to overheat on track. They give up a bit of stickiness to accomplish those things though.

    Tread life on them seemed quite good too.
     
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    Hmm, well they are 50$ cheaper a tire than the 71's so I am going to give them a shot haha. the 50's don't seem to hook up at all in 1st, though the tune I am on removed the overboost restriction so that may have something to do with it.
     
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    The 71r's are really sticky and get temp very fast. They don't last long though and I wouldn't be happy running them on the street in cooler temps.

    I would go RS4 for a street tire before 71R.
     
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    1996slowbra Active Member Established Member

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    RS4's are 50% more than the Indy 500's. Im thinking at that price point ill still go with the Indy's. This is my DD so cost and tire life are big factors.
     
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    AustinJ427 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Yeah I would stick with the 500s if it's just a DD.
     
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